Happy holidays! Presents, happiness on the kids faces, spending time with the family and lavish meals, time off work to get out riding.
Lets rewind to that last paragraph and focus on two key phrases - lavish meals and riding time. Abundant food at xmas means lotsa calories to burn - I've spent the better part of 3 months working off 8kgs I've had since Alaska (I think my body went into some sort of bear-hibernation storage phase) and the less I carry up those bergs in New Zealand the better.
Sub24 time with Wayne, meeting place was Gap Creek, 1pm. Hot day too, around 35C. Perfect day for a bit of Kiwi Brevet prep, mental conditioning and basic HTFU training, lugging a loaded bikepack rig up the hilly terrain outside of Brisbane.
The familiar Indro bridge. Gateway to adventure and vital link for the 'River Loop'. You haven't lived if you've not done the Brisbane River Loop...
To get to Gap Creek, I took a back way on some fun single.
Always ride with someone who will laugh at your jokes.
We headed up South Boundary, the threat of thundery storms remained just that - a threat - with booming all around us and a few drops of rain to tease us.
This is very close to how I'll run my Fargo for the Kiwi. Yes, I know I keep sayin', 'I'll have a full writeup on it', you'll just have to wait.
- No, it is not the standard fork
- Yes, there is a bouncy ball under the seat
- No, I don't like spicy food
Scrub Rd shelter. It's changed over the years, these play a pivotal role in sub24 bikepacks, dayrides etc as a place to meet, refuel, top off water bottles and find out where the heck you are on the map.
Past Mt Nebo village and back on the fast blacktop for a section to the top of Light Line.
The descent on Light Line is serious fun and technical on a loaded 'pack rig. Glimpses of our destination wink at us through the trees.
It's a very good idea to ration out meal parcels in sturdy ziplocks - either in per meal size or day size - so you know what you have and don't overeat, or undereat and miss out on replenishing your energy requirements. Never go to bed depleted. Ziplocks will contain any spillages and reduce meal loss. The better you experiment and plan in this area will ensure your meals hit the target on the trail. Remember this - you have the opportunity to practise your meals everytime you eat - at home and even at work. Okay Flyboy, I hear you - due to FAA rules you can't light up the alcohol stove in the cockpit...
No rain overnight. Bedding for me was an Exped Travel plus hammock, a silk bag liner, the trusty Mont Bell spiral down hugger bag (here I have unzipped the footbox, shoved the hammock through the bag so it slides over me and the hammock - very warm underneath as no down insulation is crushed) and my DIY pillow/stuffsack. Sleep in the riding kit.
Fueled and loaded.
The trails around the lake vary from barely there and bushwacking...
We were heading for a shortcut back to Mt Crosby on a gravel grinder with a few lumps in it.
We finished back in town, the end of a great little trip that met the sub24 requirements and maintained our homelife commitments. Great op to refine the kiwi setup and share the camaraderie of a bikepack with a good mate.